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Revenge of Fright Bites

By Robert Repass

Greetings, film fiends! We’re back with more devilishly delicious short films for you to devour this Halloween. This year, we’ve assembled a monster of a program for you—from short scenes to full-fledged stories, all alive with demons, ghosts, and killers (and even a few laughs). We’re sure there’s something here to satisfy your particular tastes. And for you aspiring creature-feature makers, we close this film festival with a few filmmaking tips!

Now box up the kiddies (there is adult content ahead), get cozy under your favorite cape, and kill the lights. It’s time to come out and press play….

RECON 6

Dinner choices seem to open up for a young woman who decides to skip her medicine while out on a blind date. (Length: 15:06)

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I HEARD IT TOO

Voices carry—and so do the scares in this film, which proves you should not believe everything you hear. (Length: 8:22)

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BREATHE

How long can you hold a breath? How far would you go? In this short, we learn that life and death are just a breath apart. (Length: 4:54)

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DOWNSTAIRS

Security (his own) should be the first thing on the mind of this night watchman who, unfortunately, ventures where he should not. (Length: 17:13)

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TOMBES & MANÈGES

In this touching animated short, a creative gravedigger desperately tries to entertain his son during their night at the cemetery. (Length: 7:01)

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TEA TIME

More than tea is on the mind of a lonely woman in this surreal Super 8 short that has lingered in our minds for far too long not to share. (Length: 3:19)

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DOG FOOD

Cory Michael Smith and Amanda Seyfried star in this appetizing movie about a butcher who falls for a young woman but loses his best friend. (Length: 18:17)

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THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAINTHE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER

In this creepy excerpt from The Adventures of Mark Twain, Twain and his young friends meet Satan. (Length: 6:22)

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BLOOD GAMES — CLICK

Who’s afraid of the dark? Some latchkey kids roam an abandoned building and brave a dare in a room with a light switch that works all too well. (Length: 14:26)

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TUB

A moment of self-satisfaction in the shower gives birth to something…unexpected…testing the bond of man and tub. (Length: 12:24)

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GIVERTAKER

A young woman summons a powerful force to wreak revenge on classmates who she feels have wronged her.  (Length: 11:05)

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WELCOME TO THE CIRCUS

Clowns are all the rage lately—or are they just enraged? No matter, we hope you like this clownish tale about a family makeover. (Length: 4:17)

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VICTORIAN UNDEAD

A zombie attack mars an otherwise perfectly lovely stroll down a country lane, in this short set in the Victorian era. (Length: 4:36)

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SUNDOWN (MINECRAFT HORROR MOVIE)

Minecraft is becoming a popular vehicle for creating short movies—like this short about a group of scientists exploring a highly radioactive city. (Length: 13:12)

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MISSING HALLOWEEN

In this wonderful animated short, a young child makes a friend on Halloween, but there is much more to her than can be seen. (Length: 10:08)

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THE BACKWATER GOSPEL

This animated short brings the fire and brimstone! The undertaker pedals into town, and all he has to do is wait. (Length: 9:32)

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LEANING

Ritualistic murders haunt a small rural community—and one family meets their fate head on (and off) in a film with more twists than a knife to the gut. (Length: 10:05)

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BOO

In this funny short, a babysitter is stuck alone on Halloween night to contend with boxes of raisins, snarky trick-or-treaters, and a pesky ghost. (Length: 11:52)

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We hope most of you survived our little collection of tales!

But wait—do you still want more? And you’ve already made your way through our previous Halloween offerings, “Fright Bites” and “Bride of Fright Bites”? Well, so do we. You can help add to our cinematic body count by making your own horror short film.

Check out these how-boo videos for help turning your insidious ideas into movie mayhem. This is just a small slice of what’s out there to sink your teeth into (and they will lead you to others). If you make something ghastly, drop us a note to let us know (or share a link in the Comments section).

We hope this gets you started on your quest to bring your own monster movie to life. Also check out Adobe tutorials that will help you master Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Photoshop CC, and Audition CC.